Lawrence Alma-Tadema

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Lawrence Alma-Tadema

191 artworks

Netherlands Victorian Neoclassical, Olympian Classical Revivalist painter and draftsman

Born 1/8/1836 - Died 6/28/1912

Born in Dronrijp (Friesland, Netherlands)

Died in Wiesbaden (Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany)

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Spring

1894

Oil on canvas

179.1 x 80 cms | 70 1/2 x 31 1/4 ins

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, United States

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A Coign of Vantage

1895

Oil on canvas

64 x 44.5 cms | 25 x 17 1/2 ins

Private collection, ,

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Silver Favorites

1903

Oil on canvas

42.2 x 69.1 cms | 16 1/2 x 27 ins

Manchester City Art Galleries, Manchester, United Kingdom

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A Favorite Custom

1909

Oil on canvas

45 x 66.1 cms | 17 1/2 x 26 ins

Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

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The Colosseum

1896

Oil on wood

112 x 73.6 cms | 44 x 28 3/4 ins

Private collection, ,

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The Roses of Heliogabalus

1888

Oil on canvas

132.1 x 213.9 cms | 52 x 84 ins

Private collection, ,

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Antony and Cleopatra

1883

Oil on canvas

65.4 x 92.1 cms | 25 1/2 x 36 1/4 ins

Private collection, ,

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A Kiss

1891

Oil on canvas

45.7 x 62.9 cms | 17 3/4 x 24 3/4 ins

Private collection, ,

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A Reading from Homer

1885

Oil on canvas

91.4 x 183.8 cms | 35 3/4 x 72 1/4 ins

Private collection, ,

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A Dedication to Bacchus

1889

Oil on canvas

77.5 x 177.5 cms | 30 1/2 x 69 3/4 ins

Private collection, ,

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"Lawrence Alma-Tadema was one of the most renowned painters of late nineteenth century Britain. Universally admired for his superb draftsmanship and 'real to life' depictions of Classical antiquity he was much sought after by Victorian collectors who intimately connected with his vision. He so embraced the aspirations of his day that when the idealistic illusions of his age were shattered by modernism and the Great War his art fell from favour. Now, again, as the re-evaluation of that era is well underway his reputation is rebounding. The study of the artist and his art must begin as always with their origins ..."

This is an extract from Vern G. Swanson's landmark biography on the great Victorian artist. Dr Swanson is an acknowledged expert on Alma-Tadema and has written a critically acclaimed catalogue raisonée on the artist.

With his kind permission, the Art Renewal Center has been allowed to reprint his entire Alma-Tadema biography. This is an internet first: the complete, unabridged biography of a great master, printed with footnotes and copious illustrations. Where possible, supplementary links have been included to references in the text made to artists or personalities not so well known to twenty-first century audiences. In many cases, nineteenth century artists referred to in the text are also represented on ARC, and links have been provided to their galleries.

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